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Hafizah Geter

Years: 2010, 2011


Hafizah Geter received her BA in English & Economics from Clemson University, and her MFA in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago. She is a South Carolina native currently living in Brooklyn, New York. Hafizah is a Cave Canem Fellow and was a semi-finalist for the 2010 “Discovery”/Boston Review Contest. Her poem "paula" received an Honorable Mention in RHINO's 2011 Editors' Prize. The recipient of a 2012 Amy Award from Poets & Writers, her poems have appeared in BOXCAR Poetry Review, RHINO, Drunken Boat, Columbia Poetry Review, New Delta Review and Memorious. Hafizah also serves as a poetry editor at Phantom Limb Press and an assistant editor at YesYes Books.



says when the moon came out

of her it was like a whitney houston song.

achy and full of high tones. she traces my fingers

over the scar, asks do i want to be beautiful too.


paula sucks on fireballs all day, says she knew

the 90s would be like this. i watch as she twists

the corner of her t-shirt around her finger and threads it

through a hot pink clip, her stomach glowing like a street lamp.


paula calls me late at night, says that this is a dream.

i wake to find her in the floorboards,

her laugh opening the curtains. she smiles

and says, the day she was born she watched god


die in a fire. we spend the afternoon nailing flowers

to our mothers. paula leads me to water,

says we are the baptism. together

we watch as summer drains the sky.


i show her how night lifts the windows,

but she says, it’s just her father’s hands.

after too much, paula tells me that sadness is like a girl

in a striped shirt. i put this in my book of important things.